South African film and television actor, Tumisho Masha, has emerged victorious in his long and arduous custody battle against his ex-wife, Zozibini Mtonga.
The talented actor, known for his roles in productions like ‘Mandela’s Gun’ and ‘Saints and Sinners’, appeared at the Johannesburg magistrate’s court on Tuesday, September 12th, in a determined effort to establish a relationship with his daughter.
It has been almost eight years since Masha and Mtonga separated, and during this time, the actor has found himself embroiled in legal battles almost every year.
In a heartfelt statement shared on his Instagram account, Masha expressed his frustration, stating, “I have been in and out of courts every year, since our separation, in her continued efforts to not only defame my name and hinder my ability to earn an income as a public figure, but also to destroy my character as a man and, most importantly, deny me my rights as a father in fulfilling my fatherly duties towards my child.”
The actor further added, “This is a continued effort to alienate me from my daughter, despite her continued desire to spend equal time with both parents.”
Masha revealed that he had to defend himself against false accusations of aggressive behavior towards his child, as well as allegations of alcohol and drug abuse. He vehemently denied these charges, labeling them as ‘fabricated lies’.
The custody battle took a toll on Masha emotionally, mentally, spiritually, physically, and financially. However, his perseverance paid off, as he emerged triumphant from the Johannesburg High Court. He shared his joy, saying, “Today, I was fortunate enough to leave the Johannesburg High Court after a successful appearance and winning the case with full costs.”
Masha expressed his gratitude towards his family, lawyer, and wife for their unwavering support throughout this challenging period